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The Aftermath of Cousin Scarlett’s Choice

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Pic: Angelina’s Cousin, Scarlett

Pic: Angelina’s Cousin, Scarlett

The distant younger cousin named Scarlett paid visits to Angelina's home once or twice a month. They had chitchats together and enjoyed each other's company.

Once in a while, Scarlett would go on to the floor above Angelina's by mistake, and that was how she got acquainted with the guy upstairs.

Angelina didn’t know much about the guy upstairs but asked Scarlett to be mindful and not make the silly mistake again.

However, soon Scarlett started lying to her family at home that she was going to Angelina's residence, but actually, she went to the floor upstairs and met the guy.

The guy called Zack told Scarlett that he liked Angelina very much but couldn’t find a way to be closer to her. But now, he would instead want her cousin to be his friend.

Pic: The Guy on the Top Floor, Zack

Pic: The Guy on the Top Floor, Zack

Angelina was an intelligent girl. Soon she figured out her cousin was going to the top floor instead of coming to her home. Angelina didn't feel it was her duty to tell Scarlett's parents what their daughter was doing because Scarlett was an adult now, working in a school. Angelina didn't think she needed to warn her cousin’s parents about anything.

Pic: Angel-Like Angelina

Pic: Angel-Like Angelina

Then Angelina’s sixth sense told her that Scarlett didn’t leave Zack’s home upstairs one night and stayed with him all night, skipping her work at school all day. Zack didn’t let her go out. They had both oral and physical sex. Angelina’s sixth sense told her everything.

She didn't bother so much about it. If Scarlett would rather have sex with an asshole guy, let her do so. She would come back to her senses.

Her cousin did come back to her senses, but she couldn’t find help. Angelina couldn’t do anything and didn’t ask for trouble. All the same, her cousin couldn’t ask for help from her directly. How could she anyway?

Scarlett contacted her family. When she discussed her circumstances with them, they abandoned her and said they didn’t need a daughter like that. So, feeling bogged down and depressed, she returned to the guy’s apartment and had oral and physical sex again.

Then, one day, Angelina found out something peculiar. There were several voices at different pitches of her cousin. There were talking to each other on the floor above. Angelina was sure she wasn’t imagining it. What had happened? What did the guy on the top floor do to her?

It looked like there were several versions of the same cousin. Later, Angelina heard from her home complex gossip that both the guy and her cousin tried an experiment on themselves and the outcome was that they had multiple selves. Now that was scary.

What more, they would become invisible and travel unnoticed in the thin air. It was not long before Scarlett started coming to Angelina’s home invisibly, stealing food, clothes, accessories, money and what not! It was then Angelina got furious. “How dare Scarlett commit criminal activities?”

But Scarlett's original self got destroyed during their experiment, and she only lived in the form of ghosts. Same with Zack. How would Angelina tell the police or have them captured?

Angelina wouldn't have given much thought to the issue had Scarlett not started stealing things from her home. Scarlett would even dirty her floor with muddy footprint marks, go to the restroom as well, and dirty the floor.

Angelina would keep things in one place, and Scarlett's ghosts would transfer them to another area so that Angelina had to go hunting and searching for the desired items, feeling exhausted. She tried to report to her own family. But they didn't believe her, or they had issues of their own, which they didn’t want to unfurl!

It was a mysterious place to stay any longer. But fortunately, Angelina's Mom was making a home on the outskirts of the city. So, Angelina dreamed of the day she would go there and be away from the ghosts.

In two years, the new home was ready, and Angelina’s family shifted. To her extreme surprise, Scarlett’s ghosts also followed her to her new home. Angelina disliked Scarlett bitterly. She badly didn't want to be surrounded by ghosts for life.

But Angelina came to know through a third party that if Scarlett’s story was told to the world, she would find peace and leave her for good.

So here is her story told through Angelina’s author friend. Hopefully, both Angelina and her cousin Scarlett would find peace, and they would go about their ways, not bothering each other any longer.

However, it wasn't absolutely clear to Angelina how talking about her cousin's story to the world would help out Scarlett, but Angelina was willing to take the chance and see for herself if it would all end well. She sincerely hoped it would.

Poll Time

© 2021 Rosina S Khan

Comments

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 27, 2021:

Welcome here! You are free to comment.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 26, 2021:

I am surprised that you had commented earlier and I didn't receive it.

Thank you, Peggy, for your generous comments. I am happy to be able to delight my readers with a surprise twist at the end of the story. I appreciate your comments.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 26, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I don't know what happened to my original comment. You really let your imagination soar with this piece of fiction! I did not anticipate that ending.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 26, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for enjoying the story. You are right- Scarlett does have a complex character. I appreciate your visit and comments.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 26, 2021:

Interesting story Rosina. Scarlett looks like a complex character and has many shades of gray and white. The story kept me glued to the end to think and ponder.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Yes, Brenda, Scarlett is now attached to her cousin Angelina. About Zack, I wanted to imply that he remained in the old home complex. Yes, maybe by bringing the truth into the light, they will be set free.

Thank you for your gracious and insightful comments. I truly appreciate them.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 25, 2021:

Rosina,

This one is quite the tale.

Scarlett now a ghost who seems attached to her cousin, Angelina.

I don't know if telling the story will make her dissappear.

What happened to the guy? You said he was in ghost form too.

Maybe by bringing the truth into the light...they will be set free.

Thanks for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

This short story is almost like a flash fiction. Both Zack and Scarlett had carried out a dangerous experiment on themselves so that they had many selves all of whom were no longer real but ghosts (which you don't believe LOL!) and their original selves were destroyed. Yes, Scarlett's supernatural selves were definitely crying for help.

Thank you Denise for your insightful comments. I really appreciate them.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on February 25, 2021:

This has a very strange ending. I'm not sure I believe in ghosts. It is obvious Scarlett was crying out for help from somewhere.

Blessings,

Denise

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

I hope you enjoyed the story. I appreciate your visit and constructive comments.

manatita44 from london on February 25, 2021:

A mixture of feelings, emotions, sensuousness, imagination and carnality. But you took it into the realm of Flash Fiction and did well. Some aspects of being elsewhere than one is supposed to be, is quite common.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you, Ankita, for enjoying the story. I am glad you call my stories unique. I appreciate your visit and kind comments.

Ankita B on February 25, 2021:

This was really an engaging story. The ending was so unexpected. Your stories are always unique.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Yes, I forgot to address you, Fran. My reply to your comment is just above Umesh's comment. Hopefully you have found it.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 25, 2021:

my name is!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you, Bill, for enjoying the story. I appreciate your comments.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 25, 2021:

Nice twist at the end. I like twists I don't see coming. Well done!

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you Umesh. I appreciate your comment.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Yes, I confess I have an imagination. But what seems mysterious in the story is left to the imagination of the reader. Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on February 25, 2021:

Nice. Well composed.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on February 25, 2021:

Rosina, good article but rather confusing for me. You have quite an imagination.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

I am happy, Mesbah, you enjoyed the story. Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate them.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Rebels. on February 25, 2021:

A beautiful story, Rosina

I enjoyed reading it very engaging story.

Thanks for sharing it

Blessings

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

I am pleased, Chitrangada, that you enjoyed my story. Thanks for your generous comments. I really appreciate them.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 25, 2021:

Good engaging story, with a little bit of mystery. I enjoyed your story Rosina.

Thank you for sharing.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

I am glad you like the story, Pamela. Thank you for reading and your kind comments. I appreciate them truly.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 25, 2021:

This is a very interesting and unique story. I really don't know what comes next. You have a good imagination, Rosina.

Rosina S Khan (author) on February 25, 2021:

Thank you, John for liking the story. Your approval means a lot to me. Thank you so much for your gracious comments. I really appreciate them.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 25, 2021:

Wow, Rosina, what a story. I wasn’t expecting that at all. You are full of surprises. Good work.

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